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2013-08-21 03:44:21 PM

bbfreak: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I'm not saying it's going to happen, but it can given the right motivation. Which is why I'm kind of happy we're back to butting heads with Russia. Perhaps some good will come of it. And with NASA being late to the party these days vs. what the private spaceflight industry is doing, it bodes well for all involved parties.

I wouldn't look to Russia btw for any major development. Despite the quarreling with them right now, NASA & Russia still have a strong partnership when it comes to space launches. We give them money, and they have a reason to keep launching Soyuz because of ISS. As far as I know they still don't have a viable Soyuz replacement, and honestly their space program is worse off than ours despite the modest increase of their budget. If I was a betting man, I'd say that China will soon become the number 2 space power behind the United States in the next 20 years.

Which is going to leave Russia in a bad position honestly. Customers are going to choose Musk and the Chinese more over the Russians and maybe even the Europeans or India. Anyway, I guess we'll see if Russia is capable of staying relevant as far as space launches go after 2021. Should be interesting at least as things get crowded.


Damn I forgot about China! Anyhoo, the point I was trying to make (not very well it seems) is that tensions between spacefaring nations have to possibility to foster the type of competition we saw in the glory days. As China pushes forward with their manned program, maybe we'll pick up the pace to maintain technological and strategic superiority. And then again, maybe not. It's an exciting time nonetheless, even if it isn't moving as fast as it did in the '60's and '70's.

/get your ass to Mars
 
2013-08-21 03:52:15 PM

Deep Contact: Hope they have about 3 feet of lead surrounding them for the trip.


Magnetic shield.
 
2013-08-21 03:58:17 PM

Rand's lacy underwear: DocTravesty: Deep Contact: Hope they have about 3 feet of lead surrounding them for the trip.

I expect they'll use a lot of water for shielding.  Unless we develop some really long-lived recycling systems, they're gonna need it anyway.

Intredasting. What does that do, create hydrogen gas bubbles?


Depends on the energy/type of radiation.  gamma-ray/cosmic ray level stuff will crack molecules and create little particle showers in the water, lower energy stuff just gets absorbed and turned into heat and light.
 
2013-08-21 03:58:36 PM
Original Dozen?

www.animeniacs.com

/obscure?
 
2013-08-21 03:59:35 PM
What a woman on the Mars mission might look like.


www.nytmare.org

/repost
 
2013-08-21 04:01:03 PM
The Orion 8: Some of these men and women will go to Mars

"Some" as in "a few of them"? Or "some" as in "just parts of them"?
 
2013-08-21 04:14:41 PM

papajoefong: The lady in the red jacket will be the first to die.


Shakes tiny fist.
 
2013-08-21 04:15:50 PM

ArcadianRefugee: The Orion 8: Some of these men and women will go to Mars

"Some" as in "a few of them"? Or "some" as in "just parts of them"?


One of my neighbors had a creepy hair thing from his ancestors in the 1800s with locks of their hair surrounding a group portrait photograph in a glass frame.  Maybe NASA will send one of those when they finally fly the mission.
 
2013-08-21 04:26:33 PM
Will James Cameron be directing? Or will NASA go for the fireworks spectacular of Michael Bay's vision?

Personally, I'd go for Paul Verhoeven to direct this 'mission' to Mars. At least with him you might see some tits or three.
 
2013-08-21 04:40:23 PM

OscarTamerz: ArcadianRefugee: The Orion 8: Some of these men and women will go to Mars

"Some" as in "a few of them"? Or "some" as in "just parts of them"?

One of my neighbors had a creepy hair thing from his ancestors in the 1800s with locks of their hair surrounding a group portrait photograph in a glass frame.  Maybe NASA will send one of those when they finally fly the mission.


Wow. I haven't heard of that sort of thing in ages. Yeah, the Victorian age was very ... interesting like that. Hair jewelry (not jewelry made for hair, but made from hair), for one.

Also common were post-mortem photography (taking photos of your deceased loved ones in "natural" poses and settings). Link (you have been warned).
 
2013-08-21 04:51:24 PM

johnny_vegas: papajoefong: The lady in the red jacket will be the first to die.

i bet they stock the spacecraft with chianti


Along with fava beans?

/hey, they might run out of provisions, have to draw straws...
 
2013-08-21 04:56:37 PM
Meh... It will never happen. "Job creators" don't want to pay taxes any more. There won't be enough money to achieve these feats in space, let alone fix the potholes on our highways here on Earth.

That's okay. Maybe we'll just outsource the Orion project to another country so we can save money and still claim credit for having done it.
 
2013-08-21 06:21:10 PM

lostcat: They all better stop aging now, considering what a long way we are from being ready to send them.

Or did someone come up with a way to sheild against solar radiation already?


Poop.

In the walls.

Seriously.
 
2013-08-21 07:31:45 PM
holy Marine Major, Batman... (in pink, obviously)

www.nasa.gov

This video would be creepy if it weren't produced by NASA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqePoACqnuA">https://www.youtube.com /watch?v=FqePoACqnuA
 
2013-08-21 08:23:11 PM
img.fark.net

Dear Penthouse,
It all started on my trip to Mars.....
 
2013-08-21 08:37:56 PM
I hope they get the chance, and I vote!

/why does no one run on a "fund NASA" platform
//kinda makes me think I'm wasting my life
 
2013-08-21 08:43:08 PM

brimed03: FTA: According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, "they not only have the right stuff... they represent the full tapestry of America."

Yes.  The full tapestry.  Provided you're only using six or seven white threads and one black thread.  Mayyybe a tan thread IF the red-jacketed woman is Hispanic.  No yellow or red threads though.

/that'sracist.jpg
//so'sthis.jpg


Percentage wise it would appear that they are more diverse than the White House (unpaid) Intern staff:


media.theweek.com

 
2013-08-21 08:58:46 PM
Orion 8? Where's Cliff McLane?
 
2013-08-21 10:02:35 PM
i like that it's 4 women and 4 men.  i bet each one of them is now trying to figure out which person they'll be having sex with on the trip.  you know that getting an equal number of men and women was part of the selection process.  they don't want 5 guys and 3 women.  that might cause problems.
 
2013-08-21 11:06:21 PM

bbfreak: The Difference is we had motivation to get to the moon before those damn commies! We were in an arms race, and getting to the moon was part of securing the high ground and proving our superiority. Once we did that we stopped and did flights around low earth orbit for almost 30 years and cut NASA's budget. Which is important to note because NASA's budget for Apollo varied from 2 to 4 percent. NASA's budget now as a percentage of the budget? 0.47 percent and its suppose to be even less next year.


This and a promise to a beloved dead president. That is why they got the money. No one wanted miss the deadline.
 
2013-08-22 01:22:10 AM
A proper landing and return on Mars currently requires a spacecraft mass of 10-12 times the ISS (ISS is roughly a million pounds), but the idea is that in 20 years the new technologies in several areas will knock that down to 1-2 ISS masses.

In the meantime, you can do simpler missions with lighter craft. Anything that doesn't involve going down a gravity well would be simpler. So, trip to an asteroid is 10 years out or so, or even an Apollo-style orbit of the Moon. Orbit of Mars would be next, then a proper landing and return.
 
2013-08-22 10:53:28 AM

enderthexenocide: i like that it's 4 women and 4 men.  i bet each one of them is now trying to figure out which person they'll be having sex with on the trip.  you know that getting an equal number of men and women was part of the selection process.  they don't want 5 guys and 3 women.  that might cause problems.


What about those that might have the gay?
 
2013-08-22 12:35:50 PM

hasty ambush: brimed03: FTA: According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, "they not only have the right stuff... they represent the full tapestry of America."

Yes.  The full tapestry.  Provided you're only using six or seven white threads and one black thread.  Mayyybe a tan thread IF the red-jacketed woman is Hispanic.  No yellow or red threads though.

/that'sracist.jpg
//so'sthis.jpg

Percentage wise it would appear that they are more diverse than the White House (unpaid) Intern staff:


[media.theweek.com image 660x398]


The asian in beige near the end of the first row....oh yeah
 
2013-08-22 01:59:30 PM
saturn badger

This and a promise to a beloved dead president. That is why they got the money. No one wanted miss the deadline.
Grade school taught you that, right?

Neil deGrasse Tyson calls this myth out all the time. It had all but nothing to do w/ saint jfk. The US saw a soviet ICMB orbiting over their noggins and wet their collective pants.
 
2013-08-22 05:48:28 PM

johnny_vegas: hasty ambush: brimed03: FTA: According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, "they not only have the right stuff... they represent the full tapestry of America."

Yes.  The full tapestry.  Provided you're only using six or seven white threads and one black thread.  Mayyybe a tan thread IF the red-jacketed woman is Hispanic.  No yellow or red threads though.

/that'sracist.jpg
//so'sthis.jpg

Percentage wise it would appear that they are more diverse than the White House (unpaid) Intern staff:


[media.theweek.com image 660x398]

The asian in beige near the end of the first row....oh yeah


There is a ginger in there also
 
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